Sea Dogs Are Half Way To Another Champioship
The Saint John Sea Dogs are half way to their second consecutive QMJHL championship after a pair of 3-2 wins over the Rimouski Oceanic on the weekend.
It took double overtime and a goal from Zach Phillips 10:18 in to win the game on Friday night. Tomas Jurco and Nathan Beaulieu added the regulation markers. Peter Trainor and Alx Belzile scored for Rimouski.
Charlie Coyle, Jurco, and Danick Gauthier scored for the Sea Dogs on Saturday; while Petr Straka added both Rimouski goals.
The series will now shift to Rimouski for games three, four, and five if necessary Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Coyle leads all playoff point getters with 15 goals and 17 assists in 15 games; while his teammate Phillips has found the back of the net eight times while lending a helping hand on 21 more; and Halifax Moosheads’ forward Nathan MacKinnon rounds out the top three with 28 points (13G, 15A) in 17 games.
Based on 500:00 played Saint John’s Mathieu Corbeil leads all netminders with his 14-0-1 record, 2.20 GAA, and 0.916 SAV%. Quebec Remparts’ netminder Louis Domingue (7-3-1-0, 2.65 GAA, 0.897 SAV%) is second while the Blainville-Boisband Armada’s Etienne Marcoux has won seven games, lost three, has one overtime loss, and not shootout losses, has a goals against average of 2.85, and 0.897 SAV% to round out the top three.
Bergevin Named Canadiens’ GM
On Wednesday former Chicoutimi Sagueneens’ defenseman Marc Bergevin was named the new GM of the Montreal Canadiens.
Bergevin skated in 136 games for Chicoutimi from 1982-1985 where he found the back of the net 13 times while lending a helping hand on 76 more.
Bergevin was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks 59th overall in the third round of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. In his 10 year NHL career from 1984-2004 in the regular season he scored 36 goals and added 145 assists in 1196 NHL games with Chicago, New York Islanders, Hartford, Tampa Bay, Detroit, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh. He added three goals and six assists in 80 post season contests.
“I would like to congratulate Marc Bergevin for his nomination as General Manager of the Canadiens organisation. I am very happy that the organisation chose to confide such an important role to an alumnus of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League who also happened to have a brilliant NHL career as a player and manager” said QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau.
Bouvet-Morrissette and Emond Invited to NHL Camps
On Friday two QMJHL players received invitations to evaluation day camps.
Drummondville right winger Andre Bouvet-Morrissette will attend the Montreal Canadiens’ combine on June 12th in Brossard, QC; while his teammate left winger Alex Emond received an invitation to the Philadelphia Flyers’s rookie camp in July in Philadelphia.
Grigorenko Has Mononucleosis
On Tuesday the Quebec Remparts informed the QMJHL that centre Mikhail Grigorenko has come down with a case of mononucleosis.
When the Remparts finished their season Grigorenko told the team’s medical staff that he felt tired; so the team gave him medical testing right away.
He will be closely monitored by the team’s medical staff.
Grigorenko is a high draft prospect for the 2012 NHL Draft projected to go third overall.
Central Scouting List Unveiled
On Tuesday the League announced the final Central Scouting List for the QMJHL Draft that will take place at the Colisee du Pepsi in Quebec City on June 9th.
Included on the list are players from Qubec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the New England States.
The list also includes players ranks for the sixth to eighth and ninth to 12th rounds in alphabetical order; eligible 15 and 16 year olds; list of players added by teams; and Americans.
Ester-Blondin’s Daniel Audette is the top ranked player.